Jessica Fernandes is an English Teacher at the Ebbsfleet Academy.

Can you explain a bit about your role?
As well as the daily cycle of planning, teaching, marking and reflecting, I also share a tutor group where my tutees include a comedy duo, a magician and a boxer.  A lot of the day also involves running up and down the 3 flights of stairs from my classroom to the photocopier as well as consuming copious amount of tea!

Why did you choose a career in education?
A career which is emotionally rewarding, fast paced, and dynamic seemed nothing short of captivating and something I wanted to wholly be involved in. It is true to say each day is very different and I am never bored at work which I’m sure is a rarity for most careers.

What attracted you to work with The Ebbsfleet Academy?
I was placed at the Ebbsfleet Academy as part of the Teach First programme.

Why are you passionate about supporting young people?
Everybody needs a role model. As a teacher it is an exciting prospect to serve as a springboard between students and their wider opportunities. It is important they are given the right support and encouragement to realise their capacity, during and beyond academia.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing schools today?
In such a competitive market, I think the biggest challenge lies in fostering an inclusive curriculum, which develops and nurtures students as unique individuals.

What do you think is the biggest opportunity for schools today?
As part of an Academy, there is a certain degree of flexibility in designing a broad and diverse curriculum. Recently, I designed a scheme of work centred on Bear Grylls and how he had been portrayed negatively in the media; it went down a storm with my Year 7s. Also, the academy offers various enrichment opportunities both in and outside of school. I’m sure the knowledge and experiences students gain from these sessions will help prepare them for life beyond school.

What do you believe the future holds for the Trust and its Academies?
Collaboration – sharing excellent practice to ensure school is enjoyable for all involved.